noun seg·ment \ˈseg-mənt\

: one of the parts into which something can be divided

geometry : a part of a circle formed by drawing a straight line between two points on the circle

: a part of a straight line between two points

Full Definition of SEGMENT

:  a portion cut off from a geometric figure by one or more points, lines, or planes: as
a :  the area of a circle bounded by a chord and an arc of that circle
b :  the part of a sphere cut off by a plane or included between two parallel planes
c :  the finite part of a line between two points in the line
a :  a separate piece of something :  bit, fragment <chop the stalks into short segments>
b :  one of the constituent parts into which a body, entity, or quantity is divided or marked off by or as if by natural boundaries <all segments of the population agree>
seg·men·tary \-mən-ˌter-ē\ adjective

Examples of SEGMENT

  1. The railroad track is divided into segments.
  2. <I think I lost one segment of this model kit.>

Origin of SEGMENT

Latin segmentum, from secare to cut — more at saw
First Known Use: 1570


transitive verb seg·ment \ˈseg-ˌment\

: to divide (something) into parts

Full Definition of SEGMENT

:  to separate into segments :  give off as segments

Examples of SEGMENT

  1. Market researchers have segmented the population into different age groups.

First Known Use of SEGMENT



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